HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – It was just another Monday at NRG Stadium today.
Check that. Another Monday where the Houston Texans aren’t sure who’ll play quarterback this coming Sunday.
That’s because the Texans lost starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for the season to a broken tibia yesterday in Indianapolis. Fitzpatrick – who started the first 9 games of the season for the Texans – was only back under center because of Ryan Mallett’s season ending pectoral injury. And to make matters worse, rookie backup quarterback Tom Savage appeared to suffer a leg injury of his own late in the game. He was noticeably limping afterwards, and was scheduled to get an MRI on his knee today.
“We’ve just got to move on. And next man up,” said center Chris Myers. “And that’s the way it is at every position. Unfortunately this year it’s at the quarterback position.”
“I really feel for the guys that have suffered those injuries,” said tackle Duane Brown. “It sucks. But as a professional athlete . . . you always have to be ready to go.”
The injuries at quarterback could mean that Thaddeus Lewis – who the Texans signed just three weeks ago – could get be the fourth Houston quarterback under center this year.
“I actually don’t know anything,” said quarterback Thaddeus Lewis. “Like you guys, [I’m] just waiting and trying to find out. At the end of the day, you can only control what you can control. And that’s just trying to be ready. And whatever the coach’s decision is, roll with that.”
To bolster depth at quarterback, The Texans reportedly signed Case Keenum. Keenum started 8 games for the Texans last season before being cut in training camp this year.
“Case is a great competitor,” said Duane Brown. “Someone that’s knowledgeable of the offense. Knowledgeable of the team and personnel around here. So it’s good to have him added to the roster.”
Chris Myers thinks Keenum’s time on this team in the preseason – along with his familiarity with the Texans’ players – gives him an advantage at the yet-to-be determined quarterback position.
“That’s a leg up,” Myers said about Keenum being comfortable with the players and knowing the offense. “If that’s the scenario, [Keenum’s] got a step ahead.”
No matter who’s under center, the Texans must beat the Ravens Sunday to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
“We know it’s going to be just as tough if not tougher,” said Duane Brown. “Having a good Baltimore team come in here. But our mindset remains the same. We must win. We must win these games. And that’s just what it boils down to.”
Brown admitted it’ll be a bit strange to see Gary Kubiak – head coach of the Texans from 2006 until he was fired last season – on the other sideline. Kubiak is the Ravens’ offensive coordinator.
“It’ll be weird,” said Brown. “Kubes is a great guy. And I’ve got fond memories of him. So it will be weird out there. But he’s the enemy this week. So it’ll be good to see him. But once the ball is kicked off, we’re trying to win.
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